What is market surveillance?

Market surveillance involves checking whether products meet the applicable safety requirements. If they do not, it involves taking the necessary steps to ensure requirements are met, or imposing penalties.

In the EU, market surveillance authorities in each country are responsible for controlling products and for taking the appropriate measures.

Market surveillance authorities cooperate closely with customs, which play a major role in protecting consumers from any imported unsafe products coming from outside the EU.

The European Commission finances coordinated activities between Member States market surveillance authorities to exchange best practices on market surveillance on the single market.

Monitoring markets is not just crucial for protecting people from dangerous products but also for ensuring a level playing field for businesses.